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Bilawal gets ECP’s show-cause notice for visiting Larkana before by-election

ISLAMABAD: Citing the Para 17 of the ECP’s Code of Conduct (no member of parliament can visit a constituency where by-elections are scheduled after the dates for the election have been notified) ECP had issued show-cause notice to Bilawal Bhutto Zardari for visiting Larkana’s PS-II constituency before elections and delivering speech there to support his party’s candidate. 

ECP has directed the PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in its 12th October (2019) notification to explain his position within a day and warned  that failure to do so would result in disciplinary action. The notification held: “Being a member of the National Assembly, you were fully aware about the announcement of schedule of by-election.”

PPP leaders Nisar Khuhro, Sharjeel Memon, Syed Nasir Shah, Khursheed Ahmed Junejo, Sohail Anwar Siyal and others who accompanied Bilawal Bhutto Zardari were also issued similar notices. It is pertinent to mention here that following deseating of Grand Democratic Alliance’s Moazzam Abbasi by SCP in the month of August, ECP had announced holding of the by-elections on 17th day of October (2019). 

A relevant piece published earlier:

Bilawal Bhutto announces public rally in Karachi on 18th Oct

LARKANA: Bilawal Bhutto Zardari while addressing a party workers’ gathering at Sheikh Zaid Colony Nazar Road here today announced that PPP would hold a public rally on 18th of next month in Karachi. 

Referring to the by-election in PS-11 Larkana constituency of Sindh Assembly on October 17, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that the people of Larkana were not with any ‘selected’ government and only knew the symbol of Arrow (electoral symbol of PPP). Criticizing GDA Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that they were not only political orphans but also traitors of Garhi Khuda Baksh. 

Asserting that ‘selected’ government wanted to capture Karachi he asked the participants of the rally would they allow the Center capture the Capital of Sindh. Chanting in Sindhi ‘Marsoon Marsoon Sindh Na Daisoon’ Bilawal Bhutto announced the organisation of the rally at the Port City. 

He said that whenever puppet governments had been imposed they failed to serve the people and keep them happy. Pointing towards the incumbent government he said that it had snatched the subsidy and unleashed the flood of taxes and thus economically assassinated the people and submerged them in the tsunami of inflation.  He accused Prime Minister Imran Khan of wheeling and dealing on the economic rights of the people. 

Chairman PPP said that Imran Khan has promised to provide five million homes to the homeless but now the people had been deprived of their homes. Bilawal Bhutto pointing towards PTI’s promise to provide jobs to ten million people claimed that people were rendered millions jobless instead. He reminded that Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto had taken lands from big landlords to be given to the sharecroppers.

Maintaining that ‘selected’ government does not come into power by means of people’s power, Bilawal Bhutto said that he was out to salvage democracy and it was imperative to sent the PTI-government back home and people will have to support him to carry out this task. Asserting that only PPP had fought the dictators he asked the gathering were they with the son of Bibi (Benazir Bhutto)?

He said that the puppet government had provided relief to friends be means of Tax Amnesty while for the people they say they don’t have money. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that he was fighting the people’s war in the National Assembly against the puppet government. He said that the political and moral support of PPP was with JUI-F that has announced Azadi March and Dharna in order to oust the PTI-government. 

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M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.